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Volvo is giving S60 buyers – courtesy of Polestar – a chance to juice up their S60s without going all the way to the R-Design model. Polestar is the tuner responsible for Volvo's STCC program and the firm has engineered an ECU reflash that boosts the S60's power numbers from 300 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque to 325 hp and 354 lb-ft.

Swedespeed was given a chance to test a pre-production version of the software and had it installed on their project S60 T6 AWD. The unofficial results were a 0.3-second drop in the 0-60 mile-per-hour time, getting the S60 within sight of the lighter, rear-wheel-drive BMW 335i and the heavier, all-wheel-drive Audi S4. Mid-range torque, though, appeared to be the big winner, with Swedespeed noting improved passing chops.

When it's officially offered, the upgrade is expected to cost around $1,500 or so, and be a quick install at the dealer. Fuel economy numbers aren't on the table yet, but Swedespeed will have more details of their time with the car soon. Follow the link for the full story.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      The author of that article is stretching it a bit with their comparison to the S4 and 335i using the C/D times. Citing high test temps, no manual, etc. sounds like they are making excuses for the car. I'd hesitate to make any comparison between the Polestar* S60 and the 335i & S4 until they are run side by side. Logically, I see where they are going, but don't quote another magazine's times and the fact that they "usually" correct for temperature, altitude, rollout, etc. - because you just don't know that for sure. However, this tune definitely makes this car a viable alternative to an S4 - but it was before anyway. *Sidenote: Is Polestar like a famous stripper video star? Just wondering...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've had this software in my S60 for over a month now and have linked on here many times to my build thread. http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?154319-v2 http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?159068-T6-Polestar-Software-Initial-Impressions
      • 3 Years Ago
      mmmm...i need it for my S80.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been running this software for over a month now in my S60. It's very nice and I've shared feedback. Would've been nice to be included in this, considering at the time I had it I was only one of two cars in the country.